Barrow manager Ian Evatt is far from impressed with new rules which will see National League bosses hit with yellow and red cards for misconduct on the touchline.

The new rules come into force from the opening day of the season on Saturday, when Barrow AFC welcome Havant and Waterlooville to Holker Street (3pm kick-off).

The game sees Evatt taking permanent charge of a team for the first time in a competitive fixture – after a spell as caretaker boss at Chesterfield last season.

And the Bluebirds boss will have to be on his best behaviour after regulations which will see managers booked for offences such as throwing or kicking drinks bottles, provocative or disrespectful gestures, and repeatedly leaving the technical area.

Evatt said the new rules – part of a wider experiment by the International FA Board, which also apply in the Football League – were not well received by National League managers at a meeting this week.

He admits he does not like them either, particularly the fact that four yellow cards picked up at any point in a season will lead to a one-match ban, and hopes they will be quickly changed.

“To say it went down like a lead balloon is an understatement,” Evatt said of the reaction to the plans at the National League managers’ meeting.

“I don’t think I’m a big fan of it, and a lot of managers made their opinions known to the league and to the referees.”

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